Why won’t my puppy sleep at night?

Why won’t my puppy sleep at night?

September 26, 2019

It’s the middle of the night and you’re craving sleep, but your puppy isn’t. There could be a number of reasons, from an underlying medical condition to learned behaviour. “One key factor could be a lack of exercise,” explains Kerry Vinson, founder of Animal Behaviour Consultants in Ontario. “Especially if a puppy is crated while his human companions are at work. Pet parents can help by implementing a consistent routine throughout the evening,” says Vinson, who recommends that you:

  1. Create structure for your puppy: Feeding, toilet, exercise and play time should be scheduled at fixed intervals, on a regular basis.
  2. Put a blanket over your puppy’s crate at night: When the room is light or there’s activity nearby this can help create a calm environment.
  3. Don’t let your puppy sleep with you: Larger dogs take up too much space and some dogs may become upset, growl or bite if they are removed from the bed.
  4. Put your puppy’s crate close to your bed.

If problems persist, Vinson suggests consulting a veterinarian to rule out medical causes. (Michele Sponagle)

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